Tag Archives: Documentary

What’s On East Van: August 2nd Edition

2 Aug


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming weekend.  Beyond the weekend, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Vancouver Mural Festival – August 1 to 10, 2019

The Vancouver Mural Festival kicked off August 1st and continues to August 10th.  This is a great opportunity to check out some amazing murals around Vancouver. We understand there are at least 25 new ones popping up around the City.  The Festival also features a variety of events during the festival with a Pride Special happening this Sunday at 7 ½ Lane from 2:00 pm till the wee hours of the morning.   There are also some opportunities to run the murals.  To see a full run down of events, visit Vancouver Mural Festival.

Playland – Now Open Every Day

If you are looking to entertain the kids, Playland is now open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm until The PNE Fair starts on August 17th. To learn more, visit Playland.

Outdoor Summer Movie – Gaston Park – August 2nd 

Collingwood Policing Centre is featuring another outdoor movie tonight this Friday night at Gaston Park located just a couple of blocks from the Joyce – Collingwood Skytrain Station.  They will be showing Monster in Paris and the movie gets under way at dusk approximately 9:00 pm. Note, rain does cancel these events.

The Muppet Movie – Rio Theatre – August 3rd

Looking for something to entertain the kids this weekend?  The Muppet Movie is showing at 1:00 pm at the Rio Theatre this Saturday.

43rd Annual Powell Street Festival – August 3rd & 4th

This weekend you are invited to celebrate Japanese-Canadian heritage at the 43rd Annual Powell Street Festival happening Saturday and Sunday. The event happens on Powell Street near Jackson from 11:30 am to 7:00 pm both days. For more info, visit Powell Street Festival.

Soul Folk Sunday – Café Deux Soleils – August 4th

James Villa and Hayley Lynn make their way up from Portland, Oregon for Soul Folk Sunday at Café Deux Soleils. Great way to spend a Sunday evening if you are staying in town for the long weekend. Doors open at 8:00 pm, music gets under way at 9:00 pm.

Buena Vista Social Club – Rio Theatre – August 5th

The Oscar nominated documentary about an American guitarist bringing together the Cuban folk musicians now in their 90s to record a Grammy Award winning CD in their native city of Havana.  We hear there is amazing concert footage and features gigs in Amsterdam and New York. The film not only features the music, but the life stories of the musicians of the Buena Vista Social Club. Movie shows at 6:20 pm Monday, August 5th.

Comedy, Music & Entertainment & More 

Do you love cartoons? Miss those Saturday morning cartoons you used to watch as a kid. Do you know Storm Crow Tavern offers cartoons Saturday morning from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm whilst you enjoy breakfast/brunch?

Also 7 days a week, you will find live music at the Libra Room on The Drive. Tangent Café hosts live jazz Sunday nights  from 6:00 to 8:30 pm. Saturday, Pat’s Pub has live jazz Saturday afternoons from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm, no cover.

Looking to shop and support local? Be sure to check out one of the farmer markets happening this weekend. Saturday is Riley Park Farmers Market at 30th & Ontario from 10 am – 2 pm and Trout Lake Farmers Market from 9 am – 2 pm at John Hendry Park. Sunday, Mount Pleasant Farmers Market is back in Dude Chilling Park from 10:00 am – 2 pm. To see more of What’s On in East Vancouver,  check our Event Listing.  We also have a separate listing of Free Events for those on a budget and in Vancouver, who isn’t.

Image Credit: June Hunter

What’s On East Van: April 20, 2018 Edition

20 Apr


Our weekly feature What’s On East Van sets out some cool events for the upcoming week.   Beyond the week, we invite you to check out our Event Listing which is updated daily and features events for the month and beyond.

Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit – Eat Van Craft Breweries – April 22nd 

Love tasting beer and meeting other beer loves? You may wish to check out Yeast Van’s Hop Circuit happening this Sunday, April 22nd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  East Van craft breweries and distilleries are hosting an open house.  Stop by and sample beer, get a tour of what happens behind the scenes. Food trucks will be dotted throughout East Vancouver at the various breweries/distilleries.   Our friends at Vancouver Brewery Tour have aptly called it the “Super Bowl of craft beer events”.  Expect line ups, especially if the weather is good.  

Make It! Vancouver – PNE Forum – April 20 to 22, 2018

Make It! Vancouver is at the PNE Forum this weekend with 180 makers.  The show will feature a host of items including accessories, home décor, delectable items to eat and drink, art, jewellery, leather goods, baby clothes and toys, accessories for your dogs. There will be food trucks and a beer garden to help sustain you while you wander and shop. Make It! Vancouver kicks off Friday, April 20th at 11:00 and goes till 9:00 pm that day and continues Saturday (10-6) and Sunday (11-5). Admission is $6 at the door, or buy your tickets for $3.00 in advance online. To purchase your tickets, visit Make It! Vancouver.

Earth Day Parade & Festival – The Drive/Grandview Park – April 21st

8th Annual Earth Day Parade & Festival take place this Saturday, April 21st.  Parade starts at 1:00 pm at Commercial & Broadway and makes its way to Grandview Park.  The festival begins in Grandview Park at 1:45 pm and goes till 3:00 pm. Lots of family friendly activities.

Park Earth Day Celebration – Everett Crowley – April 21st

Volunteers are back at Everett Crowley Park this Saturday, April 21st planting trees, native shrubs and pollinating insects. Organizers have partnered with the Vancouver Park Board and Wildcoast Ecological Society and will be leading a salmon berry planting along the banks of Kinross Creek. The Environmental Youth Alliance will be giving away native plants. There will be interpretative walks along with fresh refreshments.   This is an all ages family event and happens from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

2nd Annual Earth Day Fundraiser & Student Art Show – Bandidas Taqueria – April 22nd

This Sunday, April 22nd, Bandidas Taqueria will be hosting a community fundraiser, student art show and sidewalk festival in support of RAVEN Trust’s Heiltsuk campaign.  This is an all day affair that starts at 9:00 am and goes till midnight.   Bandidas Taqueria will be featuring regular brunch inside as well as a sidewalk festival outside.   They have partnered with Victory Gardens who will be on hand with seeds and seedlings for sale, Earnest Ice Cream’s truck will be parked out front will ALL proceeds going to RAVEN Trust.  100% of the profits from the sale of food and drink on April 22nd will be donated to RAVEN Trust.

Documentary ‘Directly Affected’ – Rio Theatre – April 22nd

A compelling new documentary DIRECTLY AFFECTED, takes an in-depth look at the issues surrounding the Kinder Morgan pipeline. Zack will also be in attendance and will participate in a post-screening Q&A, as will some other special guests.  Movie kicks off at 4:15 pm.

Live Music, Comedy & Entertainment

In case you hadn’t heard, Havana Restaurant is back up and running which also means the theatre in the back is as well which means late night comedy and much more. To see what’s on, check out Havana Events.  Love words and language, Verses Festival of Words is on now at various venues until April 29th. The Winter Farmer Markets continue this weekend with Saturday’s market at Nat Bailey Stadium being the last of the season. Hastings Park Winter Farmers Market continues this weekend and next from 10 am to 2 pm.  To see more of what’s on in East Vancouver, check our Event Listing.

Image Credit: June Hunter

Night For All Souls At Mountain View Cemetery Saturday October 28th

25 Oct

AllSoulsNightYou are invited to the 13th Annual All Souls Night Saturday, October 28th  6:00 pm – 10:00 pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 5455 Fraser Street.  This event is curated by artist Paula Jardine and Marina Szijarto and was created to provide opportunities for the public to commemorate their dead with a family-oriented community art event. The Celebration Hall will be open from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm for tea and personal memorial making. Artists and community members will come together to create a sanctuary for remembrance and reflection. You are encouraged to bring a lantern and candles as well as photos if you wish to create a memorial for a loved one in a gentle atmosphere of contemplative beauty. The event takes place rain or shine.  To learn more about All Souls Night and events that continue to November 1st visit a Night For All Souls.  All schedule of all the events around this date are set out below, or you can visit Night For All Souls.

 The departed they visit us in dreams. They glide across our memories like shadows over streams.

Inscription on a headstone at Mountain View Cemetery.

  • Saturday, October 28th 6:00 – 10:00pm Opening Night
  • Sunday, October 29th 3:00 – 5:00 pm Mourners Tea
  • Sunday, October 29th 7:00 and 8:30 pm Performances of “Songs for a Lost Pod”
  • Monday, October 30th 8:00 pm Documentary Screening “For Dear Life”
  • Tuesday, October 31st 7:30pm Harpist Janelle Nadeau
  • Wednesday, November 1st 8:00 pm Closing Night Procession

All events are free, but donations are welcome.

Documentary ‘Slow Food Story’ At The Rio Theatre June 6th With Wine Tasting

24 May

slow-food-story-225x300June is Italian Heritage Month and that means in true Italian form, you can expect a colourful celebration of this heritage from food to art to film and everything in between. All things Italian will be showcased on June 12th at Italian Day on Commercial Drive.  There is a great event happening the week before as part of Italian Heritage Month. On June 6th, The Rio Theatre will be presenting Stefano Sardo’s acclaimed documentary Slow Food Story which is based on the best-selling book and, of course, the cultural movement of the same name that then followed. The Slow Food movement has now grown roots in more than 150 countries and includes cheese-makers, vintners and artisanal food makers. On June 6th prior to the movie, there will be a VIP Wine Tasting from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  You can purchase tickets for this portion and the film for $30 in advance or $35 at the door.  If you wish to see the film only, you can purchase tickets in advance for $13 or $15 at the door.   To purchase your advance tickets, visit Rio Theatre online.

Coffee Lovers Unite On August 21st At The Rio Theatre

18 Aug


All coffee lovers you are invited to the Rio Theatre this Thursday, August 21st for the Vancouver premiere of the documentary a Film About Coffee. The film examines what defines specialty coffee and takes audiences around the world from farms in Honduras and Rwanda to coffee shops in Tokyo, Portland, Seattle, San Francisco and New York. You will see coffee through the eyes and experiences of farmers and baristas. The film offers an overview of all elements including processes, preferences and preparations as well as traditions old and new to create the best cup of Joe.  This Thursday’s premiere is being brought to you by the Rio Theatre and Parallel 49 Roasters.  For those wishing to taste as well, there is a VIP Tasting Session at 6:30 with limited spots available and $18 tickets. Doors open for the film at 7:00 pm and shows at 8:00 pm. Tickets are $13 in advance or $15 at the door.



Documentary Miss Representation Rio Theatre Sunday March 30th

28 Mar


In Celebration of Women’s History Month this March, The Rio Theatre and the Vancouver Women’s Advisory Committee present the documentary Miss Representation this Sunday, March 30th at 2:00 pm at the Rio Theatre. The documentary by Jennifer Newsom explores the under-representation of women in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the media’s limited portrayal of what it means to be a powerful woman. Miss Representation has won many awards including Official Selection at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011 and received recognition at film festivals all over North America as well as internationally.   The movie will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Vancouver City Councilwoman Andrea Reimer. Panel speakers will include Vancouver’s own dynamic duo directors Jen and Sylvia Soska.  Doors open at 1:30 pm, documentary gets under way at 2:00 pm. Tickets are available in advance for $8 or will be available at the door for $10.


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